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Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner – May 2016

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner Prince Turki al-Faisal

Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award Winner Prince Turki al-Faisal

The Ikhras awards committee is pleased to announce the Muntadhar Zaidi Ikhras Shoe-Of-The-Month Award for May, 2015 goes to Prince Turki al-Faisal, the Saudi-Wahhabi regime’s former intelligence chief for almost three decades and one of the ruling family’s senior leaders. Turki earned the award for a meeting he held with career war criminal and former Israeli national security advisor Yaakov Amidror. Dubbed “A Conversation on Security and Peace in the Middle East”, the highly publicized meeting was hosted by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the (un) official “think-tank” of the leading pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Turki’s meeting with representatives of the usurping Zionist entity is nothing new. In recent years he has met with several high ranking Israeli war criminals and politicians including former intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director Dore Gold, and MKs Dan Meridor, Meir Sheetrit, Yair Lapid. Turki also penned a special article for Haaretz’s inaugural “Israel Peace Conference” in 2014. A year later, Turki gave Haaretz a televised interview to coincide with the second sardonically described “Israel Peace Conference.” What is notably new is the Saudi regime’s willingness and seeming enthusiasm to highlight and publicize their increasing meetings and ties with Israeli leaders which had hitherto always been conducted clandestinely.

Video: Madawi Rashid On Saudi Regime

We were thinking about James Zogby‘s propaganda work for the Saudi regime, and the other Arab-Americans in Washington who kowtow to oil-princes in the Arab Gulf states, pose as “experts” on the Arab world, and maintain friendly relations with the Arab embassies.  Those interested in learning about the horrific, American-sponsored Saudi regime should ignore Zogby and the other Arab clowns in Washington who are either ill-informed, busy hosting the ignorant “Shakes” at their banquets and galas, or both.  Madawai Rashid is a professor of Social Anthropology at the department of Theology and Religious Studies in King’s College London.  She was born in the Saudi family-ruled Arabian Peninsula and is one of the world’s leading experts on the Saudi regime.

Arab Government Human Rights Abuses in 2010

As our updated mission statement reflects, Ikhras monitors, mocks and ridicules not only House Arabs and House Muslims here in the US, but also those who run states.

The Department of State just published 2010 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (yes, it’s ironic for the US to present itself as a judge of human rights). Following are some noteworthy highlights on major US ally, Saudi Arabia.

First, the standard abuses:

no right to change the government peacefully; torture and physical abuse; poor prison and detention center conditions; arbitrary arrest and incommunicado detention; denial of fair and public trials and lack of due process in the judicial system; political prisoners; restrictions on civil liberties such as freedoms of speech (including the Internet), assembly, association, movement, and severe restrictions on religious freedom; and corruption and lack of government transparency. Violence against women and a lack of equal rights for women, violations of the rights of children, trafficking in persons, and discrimination on the basis of gender, religion, sect, and ethnicity were common. The lack of workers’ rights, including the employment sponsorship system, remained a severe problem.

On July 10, the daily newspaper Arab News reported that a diabetic prisoner confined to a wheelchair lost his eyesight after being whipped in a prison in Mecca. The prisoner reportedly had been charged with fraud and sentenced to six months in prison and 150 lashes.

Evidence of “progress”:

Unlike in the previous year, there were no judicially sanctioned amputations reported.

The Saudi state is known for its hospitality towards guests:

On August 25, the daily newspaper Al-Watan reported the deaths of five Ethiopians resulting from suffocation due to overcrowding in the Jizan Deportation Center. On August 30, the Arab News reported that the NSHR’s supervisor general found the health conditions of many inmates in the deportation center to be poor.

Isn’t this moving?

During the year the king continued the tradition of tempering judicial punishments. The details of the cases varied, but the demonstration of royal mercy sometimes included reducing or eliminating corporal punishment, for example, rather than wiping the slate clean. However, the remaining sentence could be added to a new sentence if the pardoned prisoner committed a crime subsequent to his release. There were pardons or grants of amnesty on special occasions. On August 12, the Saudi Gazette reported that the king pardoned 60 inmates from prisons in the Al-Baha region. On September 2, the king reportedly pardoned 60 prisoners in Al-Ahsa Prison as part of his traditional Ramadan pardon.

Saudi Arabia is a shining beacon of religious equality:

judges may discount the testimony of nonpracticing Sunni Muslims, Shia Muslims, or persons of other religions; sources reported that judges sometimes completely ignored testimony by Shia.

On August 2, according to the NGO Arabic Network for Human Rights, members of the MOI’s investigation service raided the farm of prominent Shia preacher Muhammad Muhammad Ali al-Emary in Medina, confiscating materials with Shia slogans and arresting al-Emary and his son, Kazim. Al-Emary’s ranch includes a mosque and is considered a prominent Shia religious center in Medina.

More “progress”:

On April 6, the Ministry of Culture and Information permitted a public “blues” music concert at the King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh. Approximately 1,000 men and women attended the mixed-gender event.

Saudi Arabia does important Palestine solidarity work:

On June 14 and on December 22, according to the ACPRA, the MOI prevented a public sit-in in Riyadh demanding that Israel lift the Gaza blockade and protesting prolonged detentions of human rights activists. On December 21, the MOI summoned the sit-in organizers for questioning but released them.

Feminism Central:

Generally the government enforced the law based on its interpretation of Sharia, and courts punished both the victim and the perpetrator. The government views marital relations between spouses as contractual and did not recognize spousal rape. By law a female rape victim is at fault for illegal “mixing of genders” and is punished along with the perpetrator.

There were no laws criminalizing violence against women.

The law prohibits women from marrying non-Muslims, but men may marry Christians and Jews.

According to the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom, Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, girls as young as 10 years old may be married. The press reported marriages between children and of girls as young as nine years old being married to men older than 60 years old. On October 6, Al-Watan reported that a man in his 50s registered his marriage to a 13-year-old girl in Najran.

Even more “progress”:

On September 13, Okaz reported that women were allowed to attend Eid-al-Fitr celebrations at a football stadium in Hail. Football stadiums previously were completely off-limits to women.

Labor rights flourishing:

The labor law does not address the right of workers to form and join independent unions, and there are no labor unions in the country.

The law does not protect collective bargaining, and it did not take place.

De facto slavery:

There is no national minimum wage. The unofficial private sector minimum wage for citizens was 1,500 riyals ($400) per month

During the year hundreds of domestic workers sought shelter at their embassies fleeing sexual abuse or other violence, and embassies received many reports of abuse. Some embassies from countries with large domestic employee populations maintained safe houses for citizens fleeing situations that amounted to bondage.

 

 

Another Ignorant Saudi Prince: Sultan Bin Fahd Berating Soccer Players After Loss, Video and English Transcripts

This is a video of the barely literate Prince Sultan Bin Fahd in what is called Saudi Arabia berating the Saudi team after a loss.  He was the soccer Prince and head of the Saudi Football Federation. As you can see his relationship to sports and athleticism is not unlike the relationship of the Saudi Minister of Justice to fair trials and due process, or the Saudi Minister of the Interior to professional and legally regulated police methods and procedures, or the Saudi Minister of Information to a free media, or the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs to International public diplomacy, or the Saudi Minister of Education to science and progress, or the Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Affairs to worker’s rights and women’s rights, or the Saudi Minister of Islamic Endowments and Guidance Affairs to religious tolerance.  English Transcripts Below.

“First of all my brothers I am not happy with you today at all.   Another thing and I want all of you to hear me; I don’t want you to come out at this level again.  You have two matches coming up and there is no excuse to not advance.  Today I felt it was the first time you play together.  This is unacceptable, and I don’t accept it and I won’t take it.  Each one of you must think a 100 times.  The next match and the following one I won’t accept anything but victory.  What are you lacking?  Today your ball passing was wrong, your spacing was wrong, the mid-field is sleeping, the offense is absolutely ineffective, the defense takes all responsibility and the goal keeper. Do you know what you’re doing?  I’m telling you I’m not happy with you at all.  I’ll tell you right now, victory is in God’s hands, but this bad playing is not acceptable. And I will not accept it at all.  Each one of you must think that he represents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you represent your country.   I told you victory is in God’s hands, but to appear at this level is unacceptable…unacceptable…unacceptable.  Pay attention.  We have six points we must get, and there can be no slacking.  Are you pleased with yourselves today?  Is anyone of you pleased with himself today?  I haven’t seen the Saudi team this bad in a long time, except today.  The passes are wrong.  Your spacing on the field is wrong.  You’re standing around relying on the other guy.  Like I told you, this is unacceptable.  And God  willing you will correct it in the two upcoming matches…God willing.”